Tymisha Harris is an outstanding performer. From the first moment we see her in a tight spotlight behind an old-style microphone, you know that you're in for a treat. Through the play, Harris embodies Jazz legend and activist Josephine Baker, telling us the story of her life, including some frank analysis of the misogyny and racism she encountered, but doing it all through the charm with which a true trailblazer reflects on her life. "these things happen" she quips, and it is true.
The production uses the full stage of MTC to great effect, making use of the lighting grid to paint some delightful spaces, and even coming out for a little audience engagement, which had a great effect.
My only quibble is with the script itself; running just over an hour, I felt it could have used a little dramaturgy to trim to the point of the story, and feel a bit less like a Wikipedia entry about Baker's life. The source material is great, and the performer is outstanding; it is just a few tweaks to the text from my perspective.
It sold out on opening, so make sure to get there early if you want to buy tickets, it will keep selling out.